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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who do Elijah and Walter see walking down the street in Chapter 1?

2. Who gave Lena the house she lives in?

3. Who lies dead, in Chapter 2?

4. How does Spunk act when he has relations with another man's wife?

5. Who is accused of attacking someone else from behind in Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Do you think there is any competition between Joe and Spunk? Why or why not?

2. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

3. How is Lena characterized in Chapter 1? Do you think this is a favorable description?

4. In what way does this story address justice?

5. From whose perspective is Chapter 3 told?

6. What offer from Spunk does Lena refuse in Chapter 1? Why do you think she does this?

7. Do you admire Spunk or despise him? Why?

8. Do you feel sorry for Joe? Why or why not?

9. What is Spunk's reaction immediately following Joe's death? How is it different from Lena's reaction?

10. What is the climax of Hurston's story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast the characters of Joe and Spunk. How are their lives different? How are the characters the same?

Essay Topic 2

What is the tone of "Spunk"? Why would Hurston choose to write the story in this type of tone? What impact does the tone have on the way the reader perceives the characters and sequence of events?

Essay Topic 3

Identify the climax of this story and the series of events leading up to the climax. How did characters respond to the climax? What did Hurston include in the story to insure that the climax would be as powerful and meaningful as possible?

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